Microsoft Research Roadshow Heads to D.C.

Microsoft Research is heading to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. this Wednesday, June 24, to offer a glimpse into the future of computing. During the Microsoft Research D.C. Roadshow, our researchers will demonstrate innovative technologies that will help address some of the greatest challenges we face today, such as energy sustainability and efficiency, climate change, health care costs and outcomes and personal and business productivity.

The demonstrations will showcase groundbreaking innovations arising out of Microsoft’s commitment to invest heavily in basic research. Invited guests who attend the Roadshow will have an opportunity to talk with Microsoft Research executives and computer scientists about how they are turning ideas into reality and creating technology that will help improve lives around the world, particularly in critical areas such as education, health care and personal and business success.

The Roadshow will feature 13 cutting-edge demos for a wide-ranging group of visitors, including legislators and their staffs, Obama administration officials and staff, members of the diplomatic corps, regulators, academics, industry analysts and journalists. The demos on display will depict projects and collaborations with top universities from around the world in areas such as security, speech recognition, robotics, search and digital imaging.

For almost 18 years, Microsoft Research has been tackling some of the toughest computing challenges. We’re working on ways to enhance the way people interact with computers through touch and speech, developing technologies to reduce energy consumption in homes and businesses and providing tools to help accelerate the hunt for an HIV vaccine. The D.C. Roadshow will offer visitors a glimpse into how Microsoft Research will continue to push the envelope of innovation.

Our CEO Steve Ballmer said on June 17 at the Detroit Economic Club, that as a country, “we really do have to deepen our commitment to innovation by investing more in research and taking a longer term view of the role that innovation plays in creating business success.” Across the entire company, Microsoft will invest more than $9 billion in R&D in 2009. At the D.C. Roadshow on June 24, you can see Microsoft’s commitment to this long-term view first-hand.

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Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft

Fred Humphries is Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs for Microsoft in Washington, D.C. His work amplifies Microsoft’s voice on key advocacy issues internally and externally on all aspects of federal and state affairs. In his current position, Mr. Humphries sets strategy and oversees government affairs outreach on a broad range of topics, including cloud computing, taxes, privacy, trade, cybersecurity, education and emerging technologies like Microsoft Kinect. He is also responsible for communicating Microsoft’s leadership role in fostering economic and job opportunities in the U.S. technology sector to policymakers.